Yogi cabinet passes ordinance related to curbing forced-conversion to check ‘love-jihad’, jail upto 5 years

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Lucknow, 24 November: The Yogi cabinet approved the ordinance related to effective curb on unlawful conversion to monitor ‘love-jihad’ cases in the state on Tuesday.

In the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, 21 proposals including conversion have been approved.

In this way, it will now be compulsory to give notice on marriage in the second religion two months before. Along with this, the approval of the District Magistrates (DMs) will also have to be obtained. There is a provision of 10 years of punishment for marrying after hiding name.

Mrityunjay Kumar, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Yogi said that now again no Rahman will be able to marry a girl by becoming Rahul. The bill has been passed in the UP cabinet on marrying in another religion. If someone hides the name now, he will be imprisoned for ten years.

State government spokesman and cabinet minister Siddharth Nath Singh said that the Uttar Pradesh cabinet today brought out the ‘Uttar Pradesh Law Against Religion Conversion Prohibition Ordinance 2020’ which is necessary to keep law and order normal in Uttar Pradesh and to give justice to women.

He said that more than a hundred incidents were reported in which forcible religion is being converted. Inside it is deceit, fraud and religion is being converted. A necessary policy was made to enact legislation on which court orders have come and today the cabinet brought the ordinance.

“Under this ordinance, there is a provision of a fine of 15 thousand with a sentence of one to five years. Penalties range from three to ten years in the case of conversion of religion from a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe woman to fraud or force. There is a provision for 25 thousand fines,” he added.

Shukla further told that earlier, Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission Chairman Justice (Retd) Adityanath Mittal also said on Tuesday that people of two different religions can marry among themselves. But, in the new law, the system is about illegal conversion, which provides for punishment of three years, seven years and ten years.

He said that a person who voluntarily converts will have to inform the District Magistrates before the rites of conversion and after the conversion. The new law will prohibit marriage by illegally converting.

The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission, under the chairmanship of Justice Mittal, submitted a report on this subject to the Chief Minister in the year 2019.

However, it recommended a new law on ‘serious issues’ such as forced conversions. The matter was under discussion since then.

Recently, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also gave strict warning to those who are involved in ‘love-jihad’.

Yogi said that if the love jihadists do not improve, then the journey of ‘Ram Naam Satya Hai’ is going to come out. Since then, it was believed that the government could take an important decision in this regard.